Thursday, October 4, 2012
Puzzle by Bill Thompson / Edited by Will Shortz
A note accompanies this crossword: “The seven circled letters reading from top to bottom describe an event occurring at four locations in this puzzle.” The seven letters, E C L I P S E, plus the entries utilizing the four locations (with imagined solar eclipses in blank black squares) constitutes the interrelated group of this somewhat intricate and challenging Thursday crossword:
- DRES[S UN]IFORM and [MOON]SHOT (17A and 18A. Ceremonial military outfit; 21D. Targeted launch)
- CHOCOLATE [SUN]DAE and PAPER [MOON] (28A and 32A. Dairy Queen treat; 10D. Movie with a 9-year-old Best Supporting-Actress winner)
- GOE[S UN]DERGROUND and [MOON]LIGHT (45A and 46A. Hides, in a way; 48D. Work after work?)
- LEAVE[S UN]SAID and FULL [MOON] (61A and 63A. Omits; 44D. Image on the “E.T.” poster)
Other — CRITIC (5D. Rotten Tomatoes contributor), DAVID SPADE (32D. Kato Kaelin portrayer on “S.N.L.”), ELAPSE, HOOSEGOW (22A. Clink), ICE MACHINE (3D. Wet-bar convenience), IMMORTAL (9D. Like vampires), LAMEST, MR MIYAGI (53A. “Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything“ speaker), ONE EYE (47D. Feature of Mike Wazowski in “Monsters, Inc.”, TEE BALLS (40D. Tots‘ sports equipment).
Five-letter — ADDLE, CROCI, FAIRY, GEENA Davis, HI HAT, LEAVE, LE MAY (65A. W.W. II general nicknamed “Bombs Away“), LYING, MY BAD, OSIER, REHEM, SEDAN (52D. Chair for Cleopatra), SKATE (68A. Ray variety), T BILL.
Short stuff — ADAR, ADD, ADIN, ALIG and ALIT, AS IF, AUTH, AVIS, CERO (8D. Dos minus dos); DICE, EDDY, ELA, ENL, FERN, G’DAY, GEEK, HAN and HANG, HIS, I AM A, IDEA and IDIO, LAB, METS, Jason MRAZ, NIN, OH OH, PAWS, PINE, REF, ROEG, ROUE, RUR, SAID, Mobuto SESE Seko, SHOT, SOS, STEW, SUED, TAN, TV AD, WINO, VAT, ZEST.
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Remaining clues — ACROSS: 1. Thrifty alternative; 5. Signs of spring; 10. Feline face cleaners; 14. Casino stock; 15. Shorten, maybe; 16. Settled; 19. Long; 20. Like he worst excuse; 24. The girl from Ipanema?; 25. You will be ___” (LAST LINE OF “Wishin’ and Hopin’”); 27. Classic play whose title is an abbreviation; 35. Drum kit component; 37. “Oops, sorry”; 38. Build on, with “to”; 39. Deuce follower; 40. Govt. security; 41. Certain spot; 42. “Delta of Venus” author; 43. Actress Davis; 44. One carrying dust, maybe; 48. Place for a particle accelerator; 49. Photoshop option: Abbr.; 50. Help-wanted letters; 58. Pass; 60. Director of “The Witches,” 1990; 64. Wolfe or Woolf, e.g.: Abbr.; 66. It begins at conception; 67. Gusto; 69. Crayola color since 1998. — DOWN: 1. Confuse; 23. Like some marketing; 4. Mobuto ___ Seko (African despot); 6. Dict., e.g.; 7. “You’d better watch out!”; 11. Character with the tagline “Booyakasha!”; 12. Major downer?; 13. Fret; 23. Took to court; 26. Melancholy; 29. Chinese dynasty; 30. Deceitful; 31. Deafening; 33. Purim’ month; 34. Whirl; 35. “___ ‘em!” (mob’s cry); 36. Graphic beginning?; 41. Whup; 43. Greeting in Oz; 51. Basket material; 53. Singer Jason; 54. Rake; 55. Team whose colors are blue and orange; 56. Tech whiz, say; 57. Meaning of “Ich bin ein” in J.F.K.’s quote; 59. “In your dreams!”; 62. Big tank.